Recently, I got a golden opportunity to be a part of a wonderful hockey night. It was an amazing experience where I got a chance to witness an ice hockey game and also build professional networks through it. The event was held on April 10th, 2014 at Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa. This respective game was played between Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils, where victory was celebrated by Ottawa Senators. I was invited by Algonquin College as a guest to attend this event and it felt great to be one of the valued guests and enjoy the game sitting in a suite. Also, nothing could match the feeling of being amongst a couple of known and reputed faculty of the college.Mentioned here is a screenshot of the email that i received as an invitation for the event and also, a short video including the highlights of the game could be seen at http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlg=20132014,2,1197
I chose this event because it was a fun way to experience a game as a guest, that too, with an added advantage of establishing professional networks with the renowned people from Algonquin College. I got this opportunity because since I have been a part of this college, I have constantly taken up extra-curricular activities and also had a title of a class representative, international student mentor and a student leader. And offering to be guest to this event was a little gesture from college’s side to reward the volunteers for their work. I was overwhelmed by it and was quite excited and proud to be a part of Canada’s well known game. I came across a lot of influential personalities of college, with whom I had a very healthy conversation and attained guidance and mentorship in regards to my future career plans. As I am about to graduate this June, I had a lot of queries and doubts about my career and also as to how should I go on with searching & applying for jobs. And this event proved to be of great help in clearing my vision about my career. In fact, I earned some good contacts that are ready to help and consult me through, and are connected to me via LinkedIn now. It’s only because of this particular event that I learned how opportunities come to you and how attending a game could also help in your professional development and professional networking.
Overall, I liked the ambience as it was so full of excitement and people’s enthusiasm and energy brought positive vibes. It was a good break from studies as due to my last semester, I had a lot of study pressure. It rejuvenated me and the best part was that I could also make some professional contacts and also got great guidance, being in a fun-filled atmosphere. I would definitely attend a similar event as not everyone gets an amazing chance like this which could serve the purpose of recreation along with providing a useful professional platform.